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Call Me By Your Name and Get Out win big at the 2017 Gotham Awards

The winners of the 2017 Gotham Awards were announced last night, with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name taking home the top prize of Best Feature, as well as the Breakthrough Actor award for Timothee Chalamet.

It was also a good night for Get Out, which received Breakthrough Director Award (Jordan Peele), Best Screenplay (Jordan Peele) and the Audience Award, while James Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Check out a full list of the nominations, with the winners in red…

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick,
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Get Out leads nominations for 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards

The nominations for the 27th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards have been announced today, with Jordan Peele’s acclaimed directorial feature Get Out leading the pack with nods in four categories – Best Feature, Breakthrough Director (Peele), Best Screenplay (Peele) and Best Actor.

Get Out will contest the Best Feature award against Call Me By Your Name (three nominations in total), The Florida Project (three nominations in total), Good Time (two nominations in total) and I, Tonya (two nominations in total).

Via Deadline, here’s a full list of the nominations…

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H.
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘The Florida Project’ & More Lead 2017 Gotham Award Nominations

Despite the insanity of announcing year-end award nominations with still well over two months to go in 2017, we have to give it to the annual Ifp Gotham Awards for being more on-point than most trophy ceremonies this season.

They’ve now unveiled the nominations for their 27th edition and leading the pack is Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out. Also among the stellar group of Best Feature nominations are Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, I, Tonya, and Good Time.

Check out the full list of nominations below, including Columbus, Ex Libris, Rat Film, Lady Bird, Marjorie Prime, and more of the best films of the year. If The Academy takes just a few notes from this group come next year, we’ll be mightily pleased.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Good Time

I, Tonya

Best Documentary

Ex Libris – The
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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship

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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship
With the abundance of labs and fellowships designed to give up-and-coming filmmakers a much-needed boost, the Nicholl Fellowship — launched in 1986 — still stands above the fray as being one of the most important opportunities for entry into the industry. Each of the winners receives a $35,000 prize with the understanding that they will complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. Just as important, their winning project instantly becomes a must-read by every agency in Hollywood.

The global competition has awarded 152 fellowships to date. Recent scripts by Nicholl Fellowship alumni include “The Glass Castle” and “Holy Rollers;” additional program veterans have gone on to receive plum writing assignments in film (Pixar’s “Cars 3”) and television (Netflix’s “The Punisher”).

Nine individuals and one screenwriting team were selected as 2017 fellowship recipients from more than 7,000 submissions; the winners are listed in bold:

Vigil Chime, “Bring Back Girl”

Sj Inwards, “Jellyfish Summer”

Max Lance and Jen Bailey,
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Strategic Partners unveils projects for 2017 co-production market

Strategic Partners unveils projects for 2017 co-production market
Diversity champion Stephanie Allain to deliver keynote.

This year’s selected projects for Strategic Partners’ International Co-Production Market in Canada features producer delegates with more than 186 combined international festival awards.

The 85 delegates will convene in Halifax from September 14-16 to network with global industry leaders looking to invest.

Stephanie Allain (pictured), the founder of Homegrown Pictures and a champion of diversity who produced Hustle & Flow and served as executive producer on TV series Dear White People, among others, will deliver a keynote address under the auspices of In Conversation With.

“Now that films by and about women and people of colour are in the zeitgeist, Homegrown Pictures is doubling down on telling those stories despite the lack of foreign presales,” Allain said.

Laura Mackenzie, programme manager of Strategic Partners, said, “In an industry that is increasingly global – co-production should be at the forefront of all producers’ plans.”

Projects for the 2017 market include:

Exposure

Dir. Ian Gabriel

Do Productions
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‘Dear White People’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 2

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‘Dear White People’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 2
School is back in session for “Dear White People.” Netflix has renewed the series for a Season 2, with creator Justin Simien and the cast announcing the news on Friday during a panel at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Production on the 10-episode second season is set to commence later this year. Yvette Lee Bowser returns as showrunner, while Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev continue as executive producers. Also Read: 'Sense8' Fans Ecstatic Over Resurrection: 'We Are Going to Have the End We Deserve!' The show, which launched its first season in April, stars Logan Browning (Sam White
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‘Dear White People’ Season 2: Netflix Renews Justin Simien’s Acclaimed Series for Sophomore Year

‘Dear White People’ Season 2: Netflix Renews Justin Simien’s Acclaimed Series for Sophomore Year
It’s been an anxiety-fueled summer for Netflix students, waiting for news on “Dear White People’s” renewal, but now the class that’s likely never to graduate — really, who’s cancelling their Netflix subscription? — can enjoy the warm weather, worry-free.

Dear White People” has been renewed for Season 2.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: How Biting Satire and a Sincere Love Story Make Season 1 Essential TV — Spoilers

Announced live at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, La, Justin Simien and his cast confirmed there will be 10 more episodes coming for the critically-acclaimed comedy series. Production is set to begin later this year, which would make a similar release date feasible in 2018. (Season 1 premiered April 28.)

Dear White People” stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson, among others. The series was a follow-up to Simien’s award-winning feature film of the same name,
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‘Dear White People’ Season 2: Netflix Renews Justin Simien’s Acclaimed Series for Sophomore Year

‘Dear White People’ Season 2: Netflix Renews Justin Simien’s Acclaimed Series for Sophomore Year
It’s been an anxiety-fueled summer for Netflix students, waiting for news on “Dear White People’s” renewal, but now the class that’s likely never to graduate — really, who’s cancelling their Netflix subscription? — can enjoy the warm weather, worry-free.

Dear White People” has been renewed for Season 2.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: How Biting Satire and a Sincere Love Story Make Season 1 Essential TV — Spoilers

Announced live at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, La, Justin Simien and his cast confirmed there will be 10 more episodes coming for the critically-acclaimed comedy series. Production is set to begin later this year, which would make a similar release date feasible in 2018. (Season 1 premiered April 28.)

Dear White People” stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson, among others. The series was a follow-up to Simien’s award-winning feature film of the same name,
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‘Dear White People’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

‘Dear White People’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Dear White People” has been renewed for Season 2 at Netflix.

Based on Justin Simien’s critically-acclaimed film of the same name, the series is set at a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface. A group of students of color must navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness, and activism in the millennial age.

The series stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson. Production on the ten-episode second season is slated to begin later this year.

Simien created the series in addition to executive producing. Yvette Lee Bowser will also return as showrunner, with Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev again executive producing. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television, which also produces “Orange Is the New Black,” for Netflix. Lionsgate’s Roadside Attractions released the original movie.

The film version began life in 2012 as a
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'Dear White People' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Netflix is going back to class.

The streaming giant has renewed Dear White People for a second season. Production on a new crop of 10 episodes will begin later this year for a return in 2018.

Series creator and showrunner Justin Simien made the announcement Friday at the Essence Festival.

Starring Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson, the Lionsgate Television comedy is based on Simien's 2014 crowdfunded movie. Yvette Lee Bowser will return as showrunner alongside exec producers Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev.

Like the film,...
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Los Angeles Film Festival Lures the Hometown Crowd

Los Angeles Film Festival Lures the Hometown Crowd
The Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place June 14-22, has always been an adaptive beast, changing over the years as it chases the moving target of exactly what it means to be a film festival in the capital of the film industry. This year, the biggest change is at the top, as Jennifer Cochis takes over for Stephanie Allain as director. Previously creative director and senior programmer at LAFF, Cochis has produced a number of L.A.-centric features (“Smashed,” “Los Wild Ones”). And she looks to continue and expand on much of the work of her predecessor, with the focus on spotlighting emerging directors and promoting a more inclusive view of the filmmaker community.

“I think our identity in terms of being a discovery festival isn’t something I’m going to alter. But I look forward to getting a little bit bigger,” she says.

Los Angeles Plays Itself
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As the Los Angeles Film Festival Struggles for Relevancy, a New Director Has Big Ideas For Change

As the Los Angeles Film Festival Struggles for Relevancy, a New Director Has Big Ideas For Change
The Los Angeles Film Festival starts June 14 with Colin Trevorrow’s “The Book of Henry” as its opening-night film, but in its 23rd year the festival still hasn’t found its proper place on the film calendar.

Produced by Film Independent, Laff has always been something of a feathered fish. Some of this stems from its summer timeframe: It arrives at mid-year, more than two months before new awards contenders reveal themselves at Telluride and long after acquisitions festivals like Toronto and Sundance have done their work (with support from SXSW and Tribeca that follow) .

Laff has tried to make lemons into organic lemonade: Under the direction of recently departed Stephanie Allain, the Laff moved away from the quality international fare favored by former programmer David Ansen to embrace its indie roots and chase world premieres from under-represented demographics.

It’s a worthy-minded strategy, but the result was a lineup
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As the Los Angeles Film Festival Struggles for Relevancy, a New Director Has Big Ideas For Change

As the Los Angeles Film Festival Struggles for Relevancy, a New Director Has Big Ideas For Change
The Los Angeles Film Festival starts June 14 with Colin Trevorrow’s “The Book of Henry” as its opening-night film, but in its 23rd year the festival still hasn’t found its proper place on the film calendar.

Produced by Film Independent, Laff has always been something of a feathered fish. Some of this stems from its summer timeframe: It arrives at mid-year, more than two months before new awards contenders reveal themselves at Telluride and long after acquisitions festivals like Toronto and Sundance have done their work (with support from SXSW and Tribeca that follow) .

Laff has tried to make lemons into organic lemonade: Under the direction of recently departed Stephanie Allain, the Laff moved away from the quality international fare favored by former programmer David Ansen to embrace its indie roots and chase world premieres from under-represented demographics.

It’s a worthy-minded strategy, but the result was a lineup
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Women in Film’s Call to Action Bears Fruit

Women in Film’s Call to Action Bears Fruit
The dam appears to have burst for Hollywood women: Cannes jury member Jessica Chastain used her platform to speak out about the female images she wants and needs to see on screen; Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” had a $103 million opening weekend; and “The Beguiled” director Sofia Coppola became the second woman to win the directing prize at Cannes.

The awareness of a need for industry-wide gender equality has hit critical mass, but what next? It’s time to “Evolve,” according to Women in Film (Wif), the unifying theme of the org’s annual gala June 13 at the Beverly Hilton.

“This year’s theme is Evolve,” says Wif Los Angeles president Cathy Schulman. “That’s because we’re in [the thick of] it now. This is where the rubber hits the road.”

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Wif, founded in 1973, has pursued a multi-year campaign that included accumulating statistics on industry gender parity,
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Writers Strike: How Below-the-Line Crew Would Be The Biggest Losers

Writers Strike: How Below-the-Line Crew Would Be The Biggest Losers
It’s easy to empathize with the Writer’s Guild of America, whose members may soon stop working on film and TV scripts if there’s no new agreement with studios by May 1. They’re fighting for larger contributions to the WGA’s health insurance plan, which has been running at a deficit for years, while studios want higher premiums, benefit cuts, and an increased annual earnings minimum for writers to qualify for coverage. However, there’s one group with nothing to gain, and everything to lose, if a lengthy strike hits Hollywood: below-the-line crew.

Read More: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’: 5 Indie Fight Scenes That Prove Taika Waititi Is the Perfect Director for the New Marvel Movie

The ripple effect of a writers’ strike could put thousands of cinematographers, costume designers, production designers, prop masters — and the people employed in their departments — out of work. While studios have enough big-budget productions
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‘Dear White People’ Netflix Series First Trailer Skewers Racism in Hilarious Fashion

‘Dear White People’ Netflix Series First Trailer Skewers Racism in Hilarious Fashion
In the first trailer for the upcoming Netflix series “Dear White People,” viewers quickly learn that the series is not going to let up on any of the satirical sting present in the source film.

The series is an adaptation of writer and director Justin Simien’s 2014 feature film of the same name. Simien wrote all 10 half-hour episodes and directed the premiere. It tells the story of a diverse group of students of color experiencing campus life at a fictional Ivy League university dominated by white students. The series stars Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson. Brandon P. Bell will reprise his role from the film as Troy Fairbanks, a political science student campaigning to become the first black student president.

Yvette Lee Bowser serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev as executive producers, as well. The
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Alfre Woodard to Star in “Juanita”

Alfre Woodard in “Luke Cage

Alfre Woodard has signed on to star in “Juanita,” an indie drama based on Sheila Williams’ 2002 novel “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof,” Variety reports. The “Luke Cage” actress is also among the project’s executive producers.

Scheduled to begin production next week in Virginia, “Juanita” sees the four-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee playing “a hard-working nursemaid, living in Columbus, Ohio, whose grown kids still depend on her for everything,” the source summarizes. “[Blair] Underwood appears as himself as a fantasy in her dreams — and when he asks for a loan, she hops on a Greyhound Bus and heads into the mountains of Montana, where she reinvents herself with a new job, a new circle of friends, and an unexpected new love.”

The film is directed by Clark Johnson (“S.W.A.T.”) and written by Roderick Spencer. Mel Jones and Homegrown PicturesStephanie Allain are among the project’s executive producers.

Woodard’s recent credits include “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “State of Affairs,” the latter of which saw the actress playing the first prominent black female president in film and TV history.

Alfre Woodard to Star in “Juanita” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood to Star in Drama ‘Juanita’

Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood to Star in Drama ‘Juanita’
Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood are starring in the independent drama “Juanita.”

The film, which begins production next week in Virginia, is based on Sheila Williams’ book “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof.” The film will be directed by Clark Johnson (“S.W.A.T.”) from a screenplay by Roderick Spencer.

The producers are Homegrown Pictures’ Stephanie Allain (“Dear White People”), Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman (“The Birth of a Nation”), and Mel Jones (“Dear White People”). The trio worked with Woodard on the hazing drama “Burning Sands,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Woodard, Spencer, Johnson, and Caroline Connor are executive producers.

Woodard will play a hard-working nursemaid, living in Columbus, Ohio, whose grown kids still depend on her for everything. Underwood appears as himself as a fantasy in her dreams — and when he asks for a loan, she hops on a Greyhound Bus and heads into the mountains of Montana,
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Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele Set for Produced By Conference

Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele Set for Produced By Conference
The Producers Guild of America has set Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Shawn Levy, and Ted Sarandos as speakers for its Ninth Annual Produced By Conference.

The event will be held on June 10 and June 11 at the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles.

Chazelle will discuss the director/producer collaboration process on his films “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” “Whiplash,” and “La La Land.” Chazelle won the Academy Award for directing “La La Land.”

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Peele will speak about his directorial debut “Get Out,” the Comedy Central sketch series “Key & Peele,” and the future for his Monkeypaw Productions. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos will talk about the transformation of the digital company into an original content producer.

Winfrey and DuVernay will team up to chat about their creative partnership as
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Filmmaker John Singleton Rides the Peak TV Wave to Recharge His Career

Filmmaker John Singleton Rides the Peak TV Wave to Recharge His Career
The Uber driver can’t come fast enough for John Singleton.

The filmmaker is hopping between studio lots in Hollywood on a warm afternoon in early November as he tends to the two drama series he’s launching this year: Bet’s “Rebel” and FX’s “Snowfall.”

At the Lot complex just off Formosa, Singleton is working with longtime collaborators on the sound mix and other post-production touches for the two-hour telepic that will introduce “Rebel” on March 28. In a nutshell, the series, Singleton explains, is “ ‘Shaft’ with a black woman.”

After reviewing the progress on “Rebel,” Singleton, 49, hurries out to the street, searching for the Uber while talking a blue streak, punctuated by a distinctive high-pitched giggle when he really wants to make a point. He’s revved up about the promise of the series and the breakout potential of his star, Danielle Moné Truitt.

“I call it film noir with neo soul, neo
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